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It is we have new information on -- acquittal.
Of a Texas man who shot an escort after she would not have sex with him.
Ezekiel Gilbert acquitted of murder charges a jury finding he was justified.
In the 2009 shooting of a 23 year old Craigslist escort.
Who took a 150 dollars from him and then tried to leave his place about having sex with him now the woman was paralyzed from the gunshot -- And she died several months later -- even a dead though is a criminal defense attorney Dan Schorr is a former prosecutor.
First -- ball.
-- -- in -- Joseph this law in Texas is a crazy lot and it's disturbing thing you can -- break on the law firm you can kill someone or shoot someone.
If correct you're allowed to use deadly physical force if there is that if there's a robbery at night.
-- and that's exactly what happened here I hate to say then please don't hate me for saying it but.
The jury got this correct.
If you -- if you are a juror following the letter of the law.
She stole 150.
From this defendant.
It doesn't matter whether she used a gun or her high heels she stole 150 dollars and he was justified in using deadly physically -- this is disturbing.
And you know of any other state to have such allowances.
I certainly have never seen it applied like this this is extremely disturbing because this is not really stepped he'd contacted her through her Craig's list that she came over he -- -- 150 dollars thinking he would get sex -- return.
And she didn't want to have sex with him so basically he's trying to coerce her into performing illegal act prostitution that's much different than someone.
Taking money for -- and stealing at nighttime it's no different than calling up a local pizzeria and placing an order for -- -- pizza.
And when -- delivery man comes accepts money for the pizza.
But but doesn't deliver the prices but I -- -- no different so I order a pepperoni and cheese -- and in need -- delivery -- comes -- take the money runs -- up -- being left behind -- -- -- him in -- -- if we are following the -- -- -- in Texas yes you allowed to -- that they -- what I disagree -- that for two reasons one as I said before prostitution is illegal he's trying to get -- to commit an illegal act not just deliver -- second of all this -- for -- that's not.
Even if you remove sex and prostitution from it it's an argument over a 150 dollars and what he's entitled to for that money orange in the other case that -- you.
You deal with those in other ways okay shooting people with -- with due respect the -- his argument sounds great but the statute does not make that distinction.
It's not there aids in the it's plain it's simple it's straightforward who -- -- you are allowed to use deadly physical force.
On the it's the first time this won't pull something like this was not the first time you pulled something like this so that was his argument let's take a listen and we'll talk about after the -- -- She was followed many times by angry patrons.
Wanting their money back and this manager was 64260.
Pounds and his response was.
If you want your money back you need to come get it from me.
So what -- you -- -- that no different than a person action it's that it's it's unfortunate that somebody died but it's that it's the same exact analysis she stole 150 dollars that is it there's no dispute as to that it's very different because he's trying to get her to perform an illegal act prostitution and that's different than someone coming in -- you I've seen in cases it's difficult sometimes to get convictions when the victim.
Is not very popular not very.
Friendly to the jury in their eyes and hear a prostitute -- some -- his putting a critics' -- up.
Add up about prostitution may not have been sympathetic in their eyes and I might have been in play here figures saying that perhaps.
There is something to it that this because this woman selling her.
For goods for sale when prostitutes and she put a Craig's -- let's head out there were prostitutes are victimized by sexual assault or homicide sometimes it's tough to get convictions this juries aren't as sympathetic but it's important that.
They still be protected.
Ten seconds ahead -- for me that the law in Texas is what it is it's been it's been it's a very very straightforward application and the jury got it correct.
-- well I it's too -- -- that anyone died -- -- that say that doesn't matter with the person does for a living.
Joseph di Benedetto and.
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